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We can give our warm recommendations to anyone considering going to Kyrgyzstan in general, and with Ecotour in particular! We spent two weeks in some of Ecotour's yurt camps, and it was a highly memorable experience. Ecotour was very flexible and had arranged a programme that suited our wishes perfectly.

Tom & Karin Airaksinen
Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

 

 



address:
46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

phones:

+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)

E-mail: info@ecotour.kg
elmirakalmakova@gmail.com






Cycling tour, medium difficult

Dates by request

Price:if 2 participants 1695-euro p.p.; 1195 p.p. if 4 or more participants.

This is a 15-day tour, on your own or rented bicycle, in a country not often visited by western tourists. Meet the nomads and their culture. Sleep in yurts, the nomadic tents made of felt. Visit the herdsmen in the summer pastures and watch kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) being made.

During this tour you will stay in small hotels, with local families and in yurt camps where a family from the village will take care of you. If you are in good physical condition, have experience with cycling in mountainous areas and do not get upset by unexpected situations, you will enjoy this tour very much. Our trips are especially suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains, appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.

Level of difficulty - this is not an extremely difficult tour. The tour passes through mountainous regions with frequent slopes and every now and then a stiff climb (usually graded as 3rd level). You need to bring a good tracking bike with wide tires and a helmet. Roads are sometimes rather stony and not very smooth. It is also possible to rent a good bike in Bishkek.

The average cycling distances per day are between 40 and 95 km. If necessary you can ride along in the minibus. Your luggage will be transported by minibus, along with the English or German speaking guide/interpreter.

Programme

Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where we will meet and take you to your hotel in Bishkek. After lunch we will go sightseeing around Bishkek along with our guide/interpreter.

Day 3: By minibus to Tokmok where we will visit the Burana Tower, a remnant of a town from the old Silk Road. From here we cycle over a secondary, rather flat road, to the village of Kemin, and then continue by minibus to Cholpon Ata on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul. Stay in hotel. 50 km cycling.

Day 4: Continue by minibus to the Kyrchyn Valley where we can have a short hike in the valley, then cycle to Karakol. After Tup you will have the first short climb and descent. Stay in guesthouse. 85 km asphalt road.

Day 5: First we cycle along the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Jeti Ögus, famous for its red rocks, and then continue to the village of Jenish, by the lake. Stay in guesthouse. Still rather good road, partly asphalt. 35 km and 55 km - 90 km in total.

Day 6: Cycling into the Juuku Valley, not far from Jenish. In this valley there is a hot spa where we can take a bath. Then on to the Tosor Canyon. Here a more difficult part of the itinerary will start. Stay in Tosor in yurt or guesthouse. 34 km tarmac and, sometimes, stony road, 36 km good road, total 70 km cycling.

Day 7: Ascend in 21 km over a rather difficult stony road from 1650 to 2100m to the end of the gorge, then through alpine meadows and some small villages to the yurt camp Boz-Salkin (2500m). This is the most difficult part of the tour, though a wonderful landscape. The road is bumpy and stony, with small climbs between 2100 and 2500m. If necessary we can ride along in the minibus. Stay in yurt. Total 45 km.
 
Day 8: In 12 km we descend to Bokonbaevo, district capital of the Tong region at 1650m. Here we meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Then continue to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat at 2450m. Partly asphalt, partly gravel. Last 100 m. up is very steep and we have to walk. Stay in yurt. 12 km and 28 km - total 40 km.

Day 9: Descend to the Kongur Olung Valley, next to the village of Kyzyl-Tuu, on a road by the lake. We visit a family that makes yurt frames and yurt decorations and continue to Kara Tala Village where we will spend the night with a local family. Rather good road with one long climb from 1700 to 2100m (false flat). Total 57km.

Day 10: We continue along the lake, then turn into a dry semi dessert area to reach the road to Kochkor, centre of felt making. Stay in B&B. Total 68 km.

Day 11: We leave Kochkor and turn to the west to Kyzart. If interested we can stop on the way to visit a salt mine with a sanatorium for respiratory illnesses. Now we will cross a pass of 2660m to the village. Stay with local family. Main part of the road gravel with stones, before reaching, sometimes bad asphalt. Climb from 1800 – 2660m., and descending to 2230m. Total 72 km.

Day 12: Continue to the west, and the road becomes better, even new asphalt in places. We pass Chaek (1700m) and continue along the Kokomeren River to the village of Kyzyl-Oi (1775m). Stay in B&B. Total 95 km.

Day 13: We continue cycling along the river though the Suusamyr Valley until we reach the junction with the main road Osh- Bishkek, 50 km cycling. From here by minibus through the Tor-Ashuu Tunnel back to Bishkek. Stay in the Umai Hotel or equivalent.

Day 14: Day without set programme and we have time for shopping and/or visiting museums and the Osh Bazaar. Prepare bikes for departure. Lunch is not included. Farewell dinner. Stay in hotel.

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program. We ask for your understanding.

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages.

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount.

 

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